NBA veteran Rudy Gay buys in on a basketball-themed gym for Baltimore – Baltimore Sun

San Antonio Spurs forward and Baltimore native Rudy Gay has found an investment that hits close to home.

Later this year, the Archbishop Spalding graduate, a 15-year NBA veteran, will open a basketball-focused gym in the Baltimore area in conjunction with California-based PickUp USA Fitness. He also bought a franchise in Florida.

PickUp USA Fitness was founded in 2012 and has five locations with seven more on the way. The full-service fitness club specializes in basketball with its main attraction being regulated pick-up games with referees. In addition, the club offers basketball training sessions (both group and private) and weight training/cardio rooms.

Jordan Meinster, the company’s founder and president, who was born in Baltimore and still has family in the area, said PickUp USA is still seeking an ideal location, likely in Baltimore City, Baltimore County or Anne Arundel County with tentative plans to open sometime in the summer. While the markets vary, a basic membership costs between $50-60 per month with premium memberships in the $80-90 range. A presale before the grand opening will enable customers to lock in lower prices. While most of the members at other locations range from 25 to 40 years old, Meinster said some locations have children as young as 5 and adults as old as 80.

Gay, who started his high school career at Eastern Tech, is excited about delivering a product to his hometown that provides a benefit for all ages.

“It’s a chance for me to have something in my name in the city where I was raised,” he said in a written statement. “Basketball keeps kids engaged. It’s a good way to keep them off the street. I think that’s why it’s been important for me.”

Meinster is pleased to have Gay on board.

“We’ve been operating for seven years and we’ve got locations across the country, so we’re certainly not a start up. But once you get somebody like Rudy on board, [it’s huge],” he said. “And as he said in an earlier press release, it’s not just something he’s investing in, but he’s going to be a part of it, he’s going to be there working out and doing the training and being among the people. So when you have one of the greatest basketball players out there who’s actually using the product and believes in it, it’s great validation.”

A big selling point to Gay is how the gym offers a daily routine that can mirror his as an NBA player.

“I like the fact that it gives people the chance to do what I do — have organized basketball, and organized training, and weight training. All things I do on a daily basis,” he said in the release.

Gay, The Baltimore Sun’s 2003-04 co-All Metro Player of the Year after his senior year at Spalding, continues to make a positive impact in his hometown.

In 2017, he started the Rudy Gay Flight 22 Classic, an annual boys basketball tournament in the summer that showcases high school talent and raises money for his Flight 22 Foundation, which works to provide resources and opportunities for disadvantaged youth through scholarships, urban development other programs.

Boys basketball notes: Nikhil Khanna’s emergence turns into a key for surging Waubonsie Valley – Chicago Tribune

Senior forward Nikhil Khanna has earned the limelight late in his career for Waubonsie Valley.

Helped by Khanna’s emergence, the unheralded Warriors also have been on the rise this season, and coach Jason Mead has been particularly pleased with one important aspect.

Closing out wins.

“I’m really proud of their grit — they’re learning to finish things and that’s something we didn’t do last year,” Mead said. “We had a lot of close games that didn’t go our way.

“This year we’re having a lot more close games that do go our way, and that’s a testament to their growth and development.”

Waubonsie (15-2, 3-1) turned away a nine-point halftime deficit last week in a 53-47 victory at Metea Valley.

That DuPage Valley Conference victory came on the heels of a win over Naperville Central that saw the Warriors overcome a 10-0 deficit.

As much as Waubonsie relies on senior guard Eric Cannon and junior forward Marcus Skeete to lead things, Khanna has been vital.

Through 16 games, Khanna was averaging just 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds, but that doesn’t reveal the whole deal regarding his impact.

“Nikhil didn’t start when he was a sophomore on the sophomore team,” Mead said. “He’s started every game as a senior and is a 3-point threat. He has had a couple games where he’s had double-digit rebounds and he’s had a couple games where he’s led us in scoring.

“He does a great job defensively for the most part. He’s been a catalyst for us to have as much of a successful season as we’ve had, and that may not have been something that people would have anticipated.”

Benet’s tourney hopes: Coupled with an annual rugged road within the East Suburban Catholic Conference, Benet hasn’t shied away from other tests when it comes to scheduling.

The Redwings (14-3, 4-0) begin a stretch of six games in seven days on Saturday when they participate in the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament.

Four games in two days presents a unique challenge. Benet has appeared in the tournament title game twice — in 2016 and 2018.

“It’s a good opportunity to play against, obviously, solid competition,” Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said. “We’ll get a chance to see some things and see where we’re at.”

Benet won the tournament last season by beating Plainfield East, the highlight of an 18-game winning streak to start the 2018 calendar year.

Having played just two games since the calendar flipped to 2019, a glut of time off has been available to get better at practice.

A 53-44 win Friday over Nazareth saw the Redwings piece together a better second half. Colin Crothers and Ben Hickey scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, in a fourth straight conference victory.

“We just need to get better defensively — that’s No. 1,” Heidkamp said. “No. 2, we have to cut down a little bit on our number of turnovers. And then we just have to be a little bit more solid offensively.

“We’re too inconsistent offensively. Some games we put up big numbers and in other games, we struggle to score.”

Welch watch: Loyola-bound guard/forward Tom Welch entered Naperville North’s game Thursday against Geneva on quite a high.

Welch scored 35 points in the Huskies’ overtime victory Friday at Neuqua Valley, marking the third time this season he’s gone over 30 points.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Welch has topped the 20-point mark 10 times in the 13 games he’s played coming into Thursday. He’s averaging 22.7 points for Naperville North (11-6, 3-1).

Blake Baumgartner is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.

Iowa men's basketball at Penn State: Final score, stats, highlights – The Gazette

No. 24 Iowa rallied from a 68-60 second-half deficit to defeat Penn State 89-82 Wednesday night at Bryce-Jordan Center.

The Hawkeyes improved to 15-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten with their fourth straight win. Penn State is now 7-11, 0-7 despite scoring 19 more points than it had in any other conference game this season.

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» Hawkeyes make it 4 in a row with win at Penn State

MVP: He might not stick out the first time you glance at the box score, but Ryan Kriener deserves some shine for his performance in this one. The Iowa forward had career-highs of 15 points and five assists and added three rebounds and two steals. He was 6 of 8 from the floor and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. That was big for the Hawkeyes with leading scorer Tyler Cook sidelined with an ankle injury.

Turning point: Mike Watkins went to the line for a pair of foul shots with Penn State down 83-82 with 1:22 to go. He missed them both. Joe Wieskamp pulled down an offensive rebound on Iowa’s next possession and Jordan Bohannon put the Hawkeyes up four with a deep 3-pointer with 35.8 seconds to go, his fifth trey of the game.

Key stat: 5. That’s the number of 3-pointers Bohannon made on eight attempts, and the difference between his assists (6) and turnovers (1) in 34 minutes. It was an important all-around game for the Iowa point guard.

Stat leaders

Points: Luka Garza, Iowa (22); Rasir Bolton, Penn State (16)

Rebounds: Luka Garza, Iowa (12); Mike Watkins, Penn State (11)

Assists: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (6); Jamari Wheeler, Josh Reaves, Penn State (7)

Steals: Josh Reaves, Penn State (4)

Blocks: Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (1); Mike Watkins, Penn State (4)

3-Pointers: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (5-8); Josh Reaves, Myles Dread, Penn State (4-9)


» Box score

Up next: The Hawkeyes host Illinois (5-12, 1-5) at noon Sunday (BTN). The Illini crushed Minnesota 95-68 Wednesday for their first Big Ten win.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 Oregon prep basketball results – KTVZ

Tuesday, Feb. 15 Oregon prep basketball results

Here are Tuesday’s Oregon high school basketball scores, compiled by The Associated Press:

Arlington 59, Echo 41
Bandon 68, Gold Beach 56
Banks 59, Tillamook 41
Barlow 74, Clackamas 59
Beaverton 78, Aloha 52
Blanchet Catholic 71, Yamhill-Carlton 37
Brookings-Harbor 56, St. Mary’s 49
Cascade Christian 64, Douglas 42
Centennial 53, Reynolds 47
Central 58, South Albany 56
Central Linn 83, Monroe 69
Century 58, Glencoe 45
Churchill 72, Willamette 53
Columbia Christian 81, City Christian 59
Coquille 67, Waldport 42
Crescent Valley 58, Dallas 55
Damascus Christian 74, Country Christian 54
East Linn Christian 58, Oakridge 43
Eddyville 46, Mapleton 39
Forest Grove 53, Newberg 46
Henley 56, Phoenix 39
Illinois Valley 77, Rogue River 62
Junction City 57, Elmira 51
Klamath 76, Hidden Valley 74
Life Christian 50, Grand View Christian 23
Marist 68, Siuslaw 40
Marshfield 50, Cottage Grove 40
McNary 70, Bend 59
Neah-Kah-Nie 74, Gaston 51
Newport 71, Cascade 59
North Medford 68, Roseburg 43
Notus, Idaho 52, Adrian 32
Oakland 74, Jefferson 66
Oregon City 43, Canby 37
Parkrose 65, St. Helens 38
Parma, Idaho 59, Vale 20
Pasco, Wash. 67, Hermiston 52
Pendleton 82, Baker 48
Perrydale 72, Oregon School for Deaf 33
Portland Adventist 59, Catlin Gabel 57
Putnam 56, Hillsboro 37
Rainier 59, Taft 41
Regis 56, Lowell 36
Riverdale 47, Oregon Episcopal 28
Riverside 48, Pilot Rock 26
Salem Academy 57, Amity 41
Seaside 83, Astoria 43
Sheldon 65, Grants Pass 62
Sherwood 53, McMinnville 43
Siletz Valley 61, McKenzie 36
Silverton 77, North Salem 44
Sisters 45, Philomath 41
South Salem 69, Summit 50
Sprague 78, McKay 31
Springfield 60, North Bend 44
Sunset 89, Jesuit 84
Sutherlin 66, South Umpqua 43
The Dalles 51, La Grande 50
Thurston 61, North Eugene 37
Toledo 92, Reedsport 49
Vernonia 75, Portland Christian 73
Warrenton 52, Clatskanie 41
West Albany 57, Lebanon 39
West Salem 95, Mountain View 92, 2OT
Westview 77, Mountainside 65
Wilsonville 77, La Salle 44
Alsea 41, Crow 35
Astoria 57, Seaside 31
Baker 44, Pendleton 37
Banks 47, Tillamook 30
Beaverton 75, Aloha 15
Central 41, South Albany 27
Century 49, Glencoe 26
Churchill 55, Willamette 34
City Christian 51, Columbia Christian 15
Clackamas 65, Barlow 55
Clatskanie 55, Warrenton 45
Coquille 55, Waldport 20
Corvallis 50, Redmond 40
Crescent Valley 54, Dallas 31
Damascus Christian 38, Country Christian 34
Echo 54, Arlington 35
Henley 39, Phoenix 26
Hidden Valley 63, Klamath 46
Hillsboro 48, Putnam 47
Illinois Valley 50, Rogue River 44
Jesuit 56, Sunset 16
La Grande 63, Irrigon 31
Lakeview 44, Bonanza 36
Lost River 66, Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter 16
Marist 51, Siuslaw 45, OT
Marshfield 57, Cottage Grove 34
McKenzie 38, Siletz Valley 15
McLoughlin 58, Prescott, Wash. 51
McMinnville 31, Sherwood 24
McNary 64, Bend 62, OT
Milwaukie 60, Scappoose 39
Mountainside 62, Westview 61
Newberg 38, Forest Grove 36
Newport 34, Cascade 23
North Medford 59, Roseburg 38
North Valley 34, Mazama 30
Ontario 49, Payette, Idaho 43, OT
Pasco, Wash. 67, Hermiston 52
Perrydale 36, Oregon School for Deaf 25
Rainier 37, Taft 32
Regis 33, Lowell 21
Reynolds 44, Centennial 41
Riverside 49, Pilot Rock 41
Salem Academy 66, Amity 35
Sandy 60, Gresham 26
South Medford 72, Grants Pass 38
South Salem 63, Summit 49
Springfield 50, North Bend 31
Toledo 65, Reedsport 19
Vernonia 41, Portland Christian 21
West Salem 95, Mountain View 92
Yoncalla 26, New Hope Christian 22
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Introducing college basketball's Ref-Rage Meter: How justified is your angst? – Asbury Park Press


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Jerry Carino, @njhoopshaven

There’s been a lot of teeth-gnashing about the officiating this winter. Here’s a guide on when to be mad and when to let it go, using recent examples.

It’s an accepted fact of college basketball season: Fans and coaches are going to heap blame on officials.

This winter it seems to be happening at a fever pitch. Some of the angst is understandable. Some is overblown.

As New Jersey’s high-majors lace it up on the road tonight — Seton Hall at Providence (6:30, Fox Sports 1), and Rutgers at Purdue (7, Big Ten Network), let’s put things into context. Welcome to the Ref-Rage Meter, a guideline for just how much your veins should be bulging.

Seton Hall Pirates head coach Kevin Willard talks with an official during the second half against the Butler Bulldogs at Prudential Center. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta, Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

For starters, use the following Ref-Rage Meter key.  

Level 1: Vent if you must, but it’s not a big deal. Take off the (red/blue/whatever)-colored glasses.

Level 2: Pound the table, yell at the TV, but keep in mind: That’s just the way sports goes sometimes. Deep breaths, exhale.

Level 3: Your veins are popping, you’re blood pressure is rising. You’re right to be annoyed but remind yourself: Officials are humans and they make mistakes.

Level 4: You’re firing off an angry email to the league and you’re openly pondering conspiracy theories. 

Level 5: A blown call changed an outcome, you hate the world and you’re ready to storm the castle, pitchfork in hand. 

Now to examples from this season. 

VCU vs. St. John’s at Barclays, Nov. 20: With the Johnnies clinging to a one-point lead in the closing seconds, St. John’s star Shamorie Ponds made contact as Marcus Evans’ 3-pointer missed badly. No call.

This was a Level 3: It should have been a foul, but it’s not uncommon for refs to swallow the whistle late unless somebody gets body slammed. For the record, Evans was 3-for-7 from the line and VCU attempted three more free throws than the Red Storm that night.  

Michigan State at Rutgers, Nov. 30: The Scarlet Knights battled eighth-ranked Sparty tooth-and-nail but Tom Izzo’s crew took 25 free throws compared to 16 for the host, and some 50/50 calls went against Rutgers at key junctures.

This was a Level 2: It wasn’t a typical home whistle, that’s for sure. But even if Steve Pikiell’s siblings officiated, Michigan State was winning this game. And the Spartans help their cause with fundamentally sound defense.

RELATED: Geoff Billet envisions immediate impact for Mulcahy at RU

St. John’s at Seton Hall, Dec. 29: St. John’s appeared to make a game-clinching steal off an inbounds pass with four seconds left, but official Michael Stephens whistled things dead, thinking the clock hadn’t started (it had). Given a do-over, the Pirates hit a game-winning 3-pointer.

This was a Level 5:An outcome was reversed in the final seconds. The Big East had to issue two explanations, which didn’t make anyone happy, and then either rubbed salt in the Johnnies’ wound or was incredibly tone-deaf by sending Stephens to ref St. John’s at Villanova 10 days later. Yikes.

MORE: Big East clarifies ref’s error

Maryland at Rutgers, Jan. 5: Rutgers led by six midway through the first half when a red-hot Montez Mathis got whistled for an offensive foul, sending him to the bench and propelling Maryland on a 33-6 run.

This was a Level 1: The crowd rained boos down on the crew, but Mathis was not in control.

Butler at Seton Hall, Jan. 9: The Pirates won by one and it was hard to watch, in part because the crew called 46 fouls in a contest that wasn’t particularly chippy.

This was a Level 2: No one watches a game to hear a barrage of whistles.

Marquette at Creighton, Jan. 9: With 0.8 left and his team down three, Marquette’s Sam Hauser pulled down an inbounds pass, then rose and hit the game-tying shot. After a four-minute review, officials upheld the call on the court — that the shot counted. Marquette went on to win in overtime.

This was a level 4: There were two problems here. First, the clock didn’t start when Hauser’s outstretched fingertips first touched the ball; it started when he came down with it. Second, the release was super close, but in freeze-frame images it appeared to remain on Hauser’s fingers as the buzzer light went off. Two tough breaks for Creighton.

Seton Hall at Marquette, Jan. 12: Marquette prevailed by four after enjoying a 24-9 disparity in free-throw attempts, and Golden Eagles star Markus Howard appeared to make contact on Quincy McKnight’s game-winning 3-point attempt.

This was a level 3: The foul disparity happens on the road (three days earlier, Seton Hall shot 15 more free throws than visiting Butler) and so does the last-second no-call (see: St. John’s-VCU). For both to occur was unsightly, but not that unusual. It’s college basketball season, after all. 

Staff writer Jerry Carino:

College basketball rankings, scores from every Top 25 team –

Get the college basketball rankings, scores and the schedule for the top 25 NET rankings for Monday, Jan. 14 here. The NET rankings get updated every day.

College basketball rankings, scores from every Top 25 team

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College basketball rankings: Top 25 NET rankings

The NET rankings are updated each day so they can take into account the most recent games for each NCAA team.

NOTE: These team rankings are through Jan. 12 games.

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1 1 Virginia ACC 15-0 4-0 3-0 8-0 0-0
2 2 Duke ACC 14-1 2-0 4-1 8-0 0-0
3 3 Michigan Big Ten 16-0 3-0 2-0 11-0 0-0
4 4 Texas Tech Big 12 15-1 2-0 3-1 10-0 0-0
5 5 Tennessee SEC 14-1 3-0 2-1 8-0 1-0
6 6 Gonzaga WCC 16-2 2-1 3-1 11-0 0-0
7 7 Michigan St. Big Ten 14-2 3-1 2-1 9-0 0-0
8 10 Virginia Tech ACC 14-1 1-1 4-0 9-0 0-0
9 9 Houston AAC 16-1 2-1 0-0 14-0 0-0
10 8 North Carolina ACC 12-4 4-1 1-2 7-1 0-0
11 12 Kentucky SEC 12-3 1-1 1-2 10-0 0-0
12 11 Kansas Big 12 14-2 1-2 3-0 10-0 0-0
13 13 Nebraska Big Ten 12-4 1-3 2-1 8-0 1-0
14 14 Buffalo MAC 15-1 6-1 2-0 6-0 1-0
15 15 Oklahoma Big 12 13-3 3-2 3-1 7-0 0-0
16 17 NC State ACC 14-2 1-1 2-0 11-1 0-0
17 24 Auburn SEC 12-3 0-2 3-1 8-0 1-0
18 18 Purdue Big Ten 10-6 1-4 2-2 7-0 0-0
19 23 Indiana Big Ten 12-4 1-4 1-0 10-0 0-0
20 21 Marquette Big East 14-3 1-2 1-1 12-0 0-0
21 22 Wisconsin Big Ten 11-5 3-2 2-1 6-2 0-0
22 20 Maryland Big Ten 14-3 3-1 1-0 10-2 0-0
23 32 Louisville ACC 11-5 2-2 0-2 9-1 0-0
24 28 Ole Miss SEC 13-2 3-1 3-1 7-0 0-0
25 25 LSU SEC 12-3 1-1 2-2 9-0 0-0

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What are the NET rankings?

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is now using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) to evaluate every team for possible NCAA tournament inclusion. There will be no more relying on the RPI.

Here are elements the NET will incorporate:

  • Game results
  • Strength of schedule
  • Game location
  • Scoring margin (capped at 10 points per game)
  • Net offensive and defensive efficiency

MORE: What to know about the NET rankings